A Unique Model to Accelerate Industry-sponsored Research in Malaysia – Journal for Clinical Studies

This article originally appeared in Volume 11, Issue 1 of the Journal for Clinical Studes.

The influx of industry-sponsored research (ISR) into the Asia Pacific region is continually growing due to the rising costs and complicated processes involved in drug development. Several countries within the region such as Singapore and, more notably, South Korea, have taken the initiative to develop and further strengthen their place as preferred destinations to conduct clinical trials. One such initiative is the establishment of specific entities that focus on nurturing and expanding the existing clinical trial ecosystem within the individual countries. With over 20 years of experience in conducting late-phase trials, the Malaysian government is no exception.

In the last six years, Malaysia has been steadily building a comprehensive and supportive clinical research ecosystem within the country. This includes the creation of Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM), a non-profit company wholly owned by the Ministry of Health (MOH).1 This review will present CRM as a unique business model, established to create a thriving and comprehensive ecosystem for ISRs in Malaysia and how this business model may be relevant and replicated in Asian countries that are looking to focus on attracting ISRs. Read more

Malaysia Collaborates with Two Prominent Singapore Organisations to Advance Clinical Research (VIDEO)

L-R: Dr. Zubaidah Zakariah, Prof. Chng Wee Joo, Dr. Akhmal Yusof, Dato’ Dr. Fadzillah Kamaludin, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Mr. Choo Chee Kong, Dato’ Seri Dr. Chen Chaw Min, Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 February 2019 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) inked two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two prominent Singapore organizations in the field of clinical research. This will further pave the way for better Malaysia–Singapore collaborations in advancing drug development and research capabilities between both countries. Read more

Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II

Hospital Kota Bharu was established in the 1920s. In remembrance of the late Sultanah Kelantan, this tertiary care facility name was changed to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZII) and the ceremony was officiated by Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al-Sultan Kelantan Tuanku Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra on 5 September 2005.  HRPZII is the main referral centre for the entire state of Kelantan and Northern District of  Terengganu. The undergraduate medical students from University Sains Malaysia (USM) and Post Graduate Distance Learning Program (PJJ) doctors use HRPZII for their practical training, as well as trainees preparing for examination conducted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), USM and professional bodies overseas. Basic and post basic training for paramedical personnel and are conducted as in-service training for all categories of staff. In addition, HRPZII was recently appointed as a Regional Hub for Telemedicine, Regional Referral Centre for Psychiatry service and Regional Clinical Research Centre (CRC). Read more

Research Personality: Dato’ Dr Mahiran Mustafa

I started my career as a House Officer (HO) at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) after I graduated from the University Hospital of Wales, United Kingdom in 1987. Later, I joined a master program in Internal Medicine at HUSM and was subsequently qualified as a physician in the year 1993. Read more

Malaysia Pharma Report 2018

Through exclusive interviews with the Malaysian Minister of Health as well as the head of the country’s regulatory body – the NPRA – this report examines emerging trends in Malaysian healthcare, with Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spearheading a bold health policy reform.

Also explored is the emergence of the halal medicine niche – where Malaysia has the potential to be a global leader given its geographic links to Southeast Asia and cultural ties to the Middle East – the first Malaysian biosimilars, the country’s outstanding potential as a regional clinical research hub and the rise of medical tourism.

CRM Becomes First Southeast Asia Research Organisation to Join IQVIA’s Global EPON

Seating L-R: Mr. Teck Kwang Koh, General Manager at IQVIA Malaysia and Dr. Akhmal Yusof. Standing L-R: Dr Voon Pei Jye, Mr. Desmond Dorairajoo, Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin and Mr. David Horsburgh.

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2018 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic alliance with IQVIA’s global Early Phase Oncology Network (EPON).

The agreement makes Clinical Research Centre at Sarawak General Hospital the first in Southeast Asia to be part of IQVIA’s prestigious network of globally qualified Phase I oncology sites. CRM, established by the Malaysian Ministry of Health in 2012, exists to advance Malaysia’s ability to contribute to global health solutions. IQVIA is a leading global provider of contract research services, advanced analytics and technology solutions to the life-sciences industry.

“This agreement is a major step forward for the country of Malaysia to provide advanced Phase I studies for investigational cancer therapies,” said CRM Chief Executive Officer Dr Akhmal Yusof.  “Advances in genomics offer new hope for targeted oncology products. Through this agreement, Sarawak General Hospital will join IQVIA’s global Early Phase Oncology Network, which is designed to provide fast, high-quality Phase I oncology studies to biopharmaceutical companies.”

IQVIA Asia Pacific President Anand Tharmaratnam said: “This agreement builds upon our long relationship with Clinical Research Malaysia as an IQVIA Prime Site.  Adding Sarawak General Hospital’s research centre gives biopharma companies, for the first time, a Southeast Asia location as part of IQVIA’s global network of high quality early phase oncology research sites.  This is a significant step forward in our joint mission to accelerate the development of targeted oncology therapies in Malaysia and Asia for the benefit of patients worldwide.”

IQVIA has been conducting oncology early clinical research in Asia Pacific for more than two decades.  The IQVIA EPON-Clinical Research Malaysia strategic alliance is designed to streamline study startup, enhance consistency, and deliver high-quality results faster.

This collaboration is intended significantly improve the quality of early phase oncology trials in Malaysia by having innovative investigational therapies as an option for patients. This aligns with the Phase I Realization Project (P1RP) that was launched by CRM in 2016 which is focused in enhancing Malaysia’s early phase clinical research capacity and building a more attractive early phase clinical research ecosystem.

The MoU is signed between Dr Akhmal Yusof and on behalf of IQVIA, Mr. Teck Kwang Koh, General Manager at IQVIA Malaysia. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the Director of Network of Clinical Research Centre, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin, Dr Voon Pei Jye of Sarawak General Hospital, Mr. Desmond Dorairajoo, Head of Academic Research Group Asia-Pacific IQVIA and Mr. David Horsburgh, Asia Strategy Lead, Academic Research Group Asia-Pacific IQVIA.

About CRM

Established by the Malaysian Ministry of Health in 2012, CRM exists to advance global health solutions for a brighter, more hopeful future for the people by providing speedy and reliable end-to-end clinical research support for quality studies. CRM’s innate understanding of the local clinical research landscape with the international standards of operations coupled with fundamental backing of the government ministries provide us an incomparable advantage to work with partners from the nascent stages of development to materialisation of the end product, in order to deliver better treatment and high skilled job opportunities.



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